Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:10
WW, the tree is a robinia, it's been snowing white petals on the lawn in the photo. It's an old French farmhouse and part of the garden used to be the farmyard. I've been told the bit where the sundial is used to have a barn on it. It slopes so it's on different levels with walls in between. When we bought it in 1990 there wasn't a garden, just brambles, nettles, bindweed (the bane of my life!) and grass. We had some earth delivered and the lawns flattened and sown, we were busy with 4 children and decoating the house as it hadn't been lived in for 6 years. Then I made the garden.
When we lived in Kent I used to buy a lot of plants from Beth Chatto and I've chatted with her on the phone years ago. I opened that garden to the public for leukaemia research.
Am at a bit of a loose end today as I overdid the weeding when we got back from England and I've pulled a muscle in my back.